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Chasing the Bowhead

As told by Hartson H. Bodfish

Compiled by Joseph C. Allen

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$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674733114

Publication Date: 01/01/1936

281 pages

9 illustrations


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[Captain Bodfish’s] clear and simple style is that of a person telling a story to a small attentive audience. It is not ‘colloquial,’ in the sense of being slangy or careless; but it has the rhythm of speech, and its nautical words are left to be taken for granted, not explained. And his narrative flows on, entrancing and well-nigh unique… His personal adventures are full of excitement; mutiny, false arrest, the brave novelty of the long Arctic Winter, the lure of the Alaska gold fields that made men desert their ships; dangers, of course—It is all absorbingly interesting. And it makes a book which is more than merely good reading—which is a lasting and valuable record of a vanished way of life and livelihood.The New York Times

A picture of the last stand of the whaler before mineral oil and substitutes for whalebone in women’s apparel made voyages after blubber and bone unprofitable… Captain Bodfish carried on until the end, sailing out of San Francisco in the steam whalers that chased the bowhead whale for his bone in the Arctic north of Bering Strait. This is his story, and in interest, in romance and in hardship, it measures up to the best of the accounts that have been published in the past… Something new in whaling yarns, and it is always interesting.Yachting

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